Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Diaper bag complete!

Phew!  It's done!  46 pieces of fabric cut and sewn, add some zippers, rings, magnetic snaps,purse feet, rivets and a whole lot of time - end result:

 
 
That front pocket there is a removable clutch.  Initially I spent a lot of time pondering how to achieve this.  In the end it was a simple solution - Just added D rings to the piece that attaches to the bag straps.  The clutch has clasps that hook onto the D rings.. 
  
Clutch Attachment
 
Detached Clutch
 
I followed a great tutorial on the straps on Emmaline bags, see my WIP post.
 
The front and back have zippered pockets and the back has a large pocket with a magnetic snap.  Each side has a zippered pocket above an open pocket.  I was debating whether to do the trim on the pockets. Glad I did, it adds a nice detail. 
 
 
The top has a zipper attached only the the long sides with a "tail" so the bag opens wide.  I will be doing a tutorial on how to do the zipper top in a few days.  It was another thing I was contemplating  for a while.  I knew what I wanted to achieve but wasn't sure on how to execute it.  Once I figured out how I still wasn't sure if I should try it as I was afraid I would have trouble sewing it to the faux leather collar.  Decided to just go for it and it worked out.. (Thank goodness as this is a gift!)

 


 Inside has a zipper compartment that divides the bag, and open pockets on either side. Not so exciting but functional.
 
 
  
The lining was easier to complete.  But let me tell you how anxious I was about putting the lining and exterior together.  The exterior has the faux leather collar that the lining would be attached to and I was concerned I would have trouble sewing.  It wasn't easy to do as the bag was big and the weight of it would pull the bag down as I sewed.  You can see some tension problems in the stitching if you look closely, but it could have much worse.
 
So that's it.  Very happy with how it turned out.  Of course there are things to approve on.  I think it's a bit on the big side, so if I were to do it again I'd make it smaller.. And I'd get an industrial machine to sew threw that vinyl and layers!
 
 
I'll be linking up to parties on my Party Page

32 comments:

  1. Holy crap girl!! You have to start selling these!!! :D
    You're an awesome purse guru. If you open a shop, promise not to give me the link; I'll go broke.

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  2. So gorgeous!!! Great idea,love the colour and fabric! Thanks so much for sharing! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I'll check out your blog!

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  3. This is too cute! Love the color and fabric! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

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  4. This is stunning! Let me know if you ever release it as a pattern x

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    1. Thanks for your interest Samantha.. will do!

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  5. Um, that's amazing! It looks like a very expensive bag, good job!

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    1. Thank you Jen! Lotsa work, but worth it.

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  6. Amazing! Love it, worth all your hard work

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  7. That is awesome! How great for trips, thank you so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Stephanie
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the fabric you chose! CUTE!!

    Thanks for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up this week!
    xo, Meredith @www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  9. Very clever way to attach the clutch to the bag. A totally practical and great looking set!!!

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  10. Wow!!! Bravo. You did a great work! I love the fact that the pocket is removable! I'm a new follower ( gfc ) thanks to a linky.
    Cheers

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  11. That's an amazing bag. Lovely material and nice size to put all those essentials.

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  12. This is a great bag! I love your choice of fabric and the removable clutch. Thanks for sharing
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

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  13. This is really cute! You did a fabulous job!

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  14. What a really cute and functional diaper bag! I'd love for you to share at my party Totally Transformed Tuesday! Hope to see you there. http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com :-) Peggy

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  15. Amazing! Thanks for linking up on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again this week with more great stuff.
    -Macknezie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  16. Oh my!! I want to buy one of these!

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks everyone! Thrilled to read everyone's comments.

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  18. I love it! I'm working on a diaper bag right now as well for a college friend and it's a lot of fun putting it together :-) Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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  19. This is such a great idea, you did an awesome job. Thank you for stopping by " Show Me What You Got Tuesday's at ODH".

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  20. Holy Moly!! 46 pieces....I wouldn't have any hair left. You did such an amazing job. I have to tackle something like this one day!!

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  21. Cute and convenient! Great job! Featuring you :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  22. that's genius!! this was something that i needed a few years ago! and i love that fabric. thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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  23. I am the very very LUCKY and HAPPY recipient of this bag. I wanted to THANK YOU SO MUCH. Its such an amazing bag, so spacious, such a beautiful design and the functionality is so well thought out. I can not wait to use it when the baby is born this December. I am a new follower and fan of your blog! I truly love the bag and appreciate and acknowledge the time you spent to make it!! Thank You SO SO MUCH again! :) Salomeh

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    1. Am so suprised and happy to see your comments.. you'll have to tell me how you found the blog! So glad you like the bag.

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  24. GREAT Job Nerissa! LOVE the fabric choice too! :)
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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  25. Have I told you how awesome this bag is? Love those straps ;)J

    Janelle from Emmaline
    www.emmalinebags.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow! What a great bag! I used that same fabric for a bag. It's great for bags.

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